Pierre-Édouard Blondin

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Pierre-Édouard Blondin
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Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Champlain
In office
1908–1917
Preceded byJeffrey Alexandre Rousseau
Succeeded byArthur Lesieur Desaulniers
Senator for The Laurentides, Quebec
In office
1918–1943
Appointed byRobert Borden
Preceded byJoseph Shehyn
Succeeded byTélésophore Damien Bouchard
Speaker of the Senate of Canada
In office
1930–1936
Preceded byArthur Charles Hardy
Succeeded byWalter Edward Foster
Personal details
Born(1874-12-14)December 14, 1874
St-François du Lac, Quebec
DiedOctober 29, 1943(1943-10-29) (aged 68)
Political partyConservative
CabinetMinister of Inland Revenue (1914–1915)
Secretary of State of Canada (1915–1917)
Minister of Mines (1915–1917)
Postmaster General (1917–1921)

Pierre-Édouard Blondin, PC (December 14, 1874 – October 29, 1943) was a Canadian politician.

Biography[edit]

He was born on December 14, 1874.

He was elected to the House of Commons of Canada representing the Quebec riding of Champlain in 1908 and 1911. A Conservative, he was defeated in Laurier—Outremont during the 1917 wartime election held during the Conscription Crisis of 1917 when conscription was highly unpopular in Quebec.

He held many cabinet positions in Sir Robert Borden's Cabinet, including Postmaster General, Minister of Mines, Secretary of State of Canada, and Minister of Inland Revenue. As well, he was Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons.

In March 1917, he resigned his position as Postmaster General of Canada to become a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Canadian Army. He then went on a recruitment tour in a bid to get more French Canadians to join the war effort.

In 1918, he was called to the Senate of Canada, representing the senatorial division of The Laurentides, Quebec, and was re-appointed to the Cabinet as Postmaster General of Canada. From 1930 to 1936, he was the Speaker of the Senate of Canada.

He died in office on October 29, 1943.

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